June 6, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Kalea Mullett is a lady with a mission – to complete Terry Fox’s unfinished run across Canada. She plans to do the entire run, from Pacific to Atlantic Ocean. Kalea completed the first phase of the Trans Canada Trail running from Victoria to Nanaimo in eight days. She’s taking on the big challenge to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis in memory of her sister who died from the disease at the age of 16. Spencer Sterritt of NanaimoNewsNOW has a great story on Kalea and her big challenge which she expects to complete in about seven years.

STAYING POSITIVE - Campbell River is not letting chinook salmon catch restrictions put a damper on its reputation as the Salmon Capital of the World, say Murray Whelan, president of Tyee Marine and Fishing Supplies. In April, the department of Fisheries and Oceans imposed a recreational catch-and-release fishery until mid-July to allow maximum numbers of chinook salmon to reach their spawning grounds, followed by catch retention limits of up to two chinook depending on the fishing area and time of year. Catch and release doesn’t stop people from getting out on the water and hooking a salmon, he says. “You can still go out and fish. We’re trying to emphasize the positive side.” B.C.’s sport fishery generates more than $1 billion annually in revenue and employs 9,000 people, says Owen Bird, executive director of the Sport Fishing Institute of B.C.

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June 5, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO— It wouldn’t be Nanaimo if there wasn’t a protest over some proposal, no matter what. Some Westwood Lake area residents don’t want a bunch of old pharts planting roots in their community. White Lion Developments has proposed two three-storey 55-plus condo buildings, resulting in 57 two-bedroom units on Arbot Road. White Lion has applied to rezone the property and has held an open house. A group of nearby residents opposes the project. Experienced protester Sharon Kofoed has been named as the voice for the group.

VANCOUVER ISLAND MILITARY MUSEUM  has an excellent story about a ship that used to ply our waters and the role it played in the D-Day invasion by transporting Vancouver Island’s infantry regiment to Normandy. The SS Prince Henry started in 1930 with the Canadian National Steamship Lines as a mid-size luxury liner. But hard times in the cruise industry of those days saw the ship sold and renamed. Almost 6,000 visitors toured the museum last year. Greg Devenish, Vancouver Island Military Museum librarian, wrote an article about the SS Prince Henry. Find the VIMM newsletter HERE.

KEEP IN TOUCH with the Vanisle 360 Yacht race around Vancouver Island. There is a variety of yachts from Canada and the U.S. on the daily progess list.  

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO— A scholarship remembering Jack Doan has been established for welding students at Vancouver Island University. Doan was remembered by friends as a dedicated educator who always kept students’ interests first. Jack started as a welding instructor in 1973 at the BC Vocational School, which was melding with the newly-formed Malaspina College at the time. He worked as a welding instructor until 1982, when he became Assistant Dean of Vocational Programs. In 1986, Jack became Dean of Vocational Programs. He was also an active member of the BC Vocational Deans Organization, which promoted trades and vocational programs throughout the province. He retired as Dean of Trades in 1999. Jack also served the community in many roles, including the Nanaimo School Board, the Nanaimo Port Authority and as a volunteer with the BC Summer Games and BC Liberal Party. In lieu of flowers, the family invites anyone to make a secure donation to the Jack Doan Welding Scholarship at https://giving.viu.ca/jack-doan

TWO MEN AND THEIR FISHING RODS are heading to the big time, they have snagged a national television agreement for their show. Wild Pursuit Network will begin airing the popular local series beginning Canada Day across the country on the Canadian specialty channel. Co-producers and stars of the show, Nathan Thomas and Tyler Kyle, hoped to expose their work on the national stage after the program’s debut on Shaw TV in Nanaimo in 2011. Now they've got it into their eighth season. There's MORE

Doug White appointed to Nanaimo Port Authority

June 3, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Daily Buzz has learned that Doug White has been named provincial representative on the Namaimo Port Authority. He replaces former chairman Jeet Manhas. It is not known if White has resigned as a councillor from the Snuneymuxw board.

TAKE A LOOK at our Spotlight section for a great local-boy-makes-good story – very good in fact. Kelley Bennett is one of the top marketing executives in the world. 

AS LONG AS ELVIS LIVES – through impersonators – there will be a need for Elvis costumes. A Nanaimo home business is arguably the king of producing Elvis Presley costumes. Elle von Boetticher owns Elvis Pro Jumpsuits and she sells approximately 400 custom replicated outfits annually for customers in 50 countries. It started in 1999 when the film and theatre costumer in Calgary got request to outfit an Elvis tribute artist. “It just kept growing from there,” she says. A defining moment in her career was a successful Dragons’ Den appearance to secure more supplies and allow costumes to be constructed more efficiently. Ian Holmes of NanaimoNewsNOW has the full story.

JOHN KENCHENTEN who for many years was a photographer and videographer of note from Gabriola Island died on May 19. John moved from England to Canada in the 1970s, where he applied his talents in film and photography. He was able to maintain a full and active life documenting and creating visual story telling from behind the lens. Friends and family will celebrate his life June 8, at 1 p.m. at 6010 River Road, Port Alberni.

Weekend edition, June 1-2, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Air Canada has moved back the starting date for its seasonal Nanaimo-Toronto direct flights to July 1 instead of June 20. Air Canada Rouge will operate the route using an Airbus A319 as originally planned. Customers who booked flights prior to July 1 will be contacted for alternate travel arrangements or a refund. She said the delay is due to ongoing fleet adjustments following the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. MORE HERE

STAY OFF THE SAND - If you want to party on the beach, better stay away from Lantzville. District council has approved a fire bylaw that bans open air fires on all beaches within its borders, effective immediately. Violation carries a fine ranging from $500 to $10,000. The bylaw bans open-air beach fires but allows propane-fuelled campfire apparatus between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

 A LIBRARY WITH FEWER BOOKS – Vancouver Island University is reducing its its physical collection, including books, to make more room for study and student collaboration space. Librarian Ben Hyman said input from library staff, faculty and 1,000 VIU students in a survey reinforced the need to more aggressively reduce their physical collection. About 12 to 15 per cent is the target to accommodate the really important space that students have identified as a priority. Some books increasingly lack relevance as time passes and haven’t been borrowed in years, said Hyman.

Friday, May 31, 2019

RAINING ON OUR PARADE – Thousands of visitors and locals lined up for about five years to have their framed pictures taken looking out over the Nanaimo harbour in Maffeo Sutton Park. City council voted recently to delete the art piece from the Community Plan for Public Art, after the popular frame was removed late in 2017. It was taken down more than five years after it was put up as part of the Temporary Public Art program. Artist Jason Gress, said the response to his piece kept him invested in creating art. Since the piece was taken down more than a year ago, Gress said he’s worked on a proposal to replace The Frame with one of welded aluminum and painted with a gold antique finish, but there was no warm feeling at the council table.

MINIMUM WAGE - Hey, you will be getting a raise of $1.20 per hour on June 1 if you’re a minimum wage worker in B.C. Minimum wage is going up to $13.85 per hour and is scheduled to reach$15.20 by 2021.Wages went up by $1.30 in 2018 and will go up by $0.75 and $0.60 in 2020 and 2021, respectively. Liquor servers will see their minimum wage rise to $12.70 per hour, an increase of $1.30. The wage discount for liquor servers is scheduled to disappear by 2021. Live-in camp leaders will see a 9.5 per cent increase in their daily wage to $11.87, while resident caretaker minimum wages will go up to $831.45 for those who manage nine to 60 units, or $2,832.11 for 61 or more units. The Living Wage for Families Campaign, says the living wage is $19.50 per hour in Metro Vancouver, $15.54 in the Fraser Valley, $19.39 in Greater Victoria and $14.03 in the north central regions of B.C.

A COP WHEN YOU NEED ONE A great posting on Facebook yesterday by Kix Citton. She lost her car key in her garden. She called BCAA to unlock her car so she could take the registration to the dealership to get the key code, then to the locksmith to cut new keys. A friend chauffeured her all of the place and then came back home to look for the keys again. An RCMP officer walked by in the alley. She joked, “Are you here to help me find my keys?” His reply? "Sure. We can come back with the dog after the training exercise.” After 20 min, they’re back. Herc the dog is given the command, “find small” and he searches all over until he finds the keys. Super focus, impressive training and wonderful relationship with his human. It was amazing to watch and I'm  so thankful, said Kix.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Four drivers will be finding alternate transportation after their vehicles were impounded for excessive speeding. RCMP issued seven excessive speeding tickets within three hours Monday morning for northbound traffic along Hwy 19 at Ware Road. The posted speed limit there is 80 kmh, but some drivers apparently in a hurry were clocked zooming along between 125 kmh and a high of 148 kmh (88 miles per hour). Speed continues to be one of the leading causes of fatal car. Drivers not be surprised to see speed enforcement throughout summer months, says Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. Meanwhile, a driver was forced to find his own way home after getting caught going 240 kmh on the Coquihalla Highway - that's 149 miles an hour. 

CYCLING CHALLENGE – Cyclists looking for a personal challenge while helping military veterancs can ride in a two-day event from Comox to Nanimo, and back the next day – June 8-9. The military themed fundraising event is about more than a unique cycling journey, it is about camaraderie, appreciation, and honouring the women and men who serve this nation. The Friends of Boomer’s Legacy BC was inspired by Corporal Andrew “Boomer” Eykelenboom, a CAF medic killed by a suicide bomber in 2006. Boomer’s Legacy is dedicated to helping troops help others at home and abroad. Funds raised support Canadian Armed Forces members to help the people in communities where they serve. This act of kindness can have a huge impact, not only in the lives of others but also to soldiers, sailors, and airwomen/airmen. Check here for registration information.

Tuesday, May 28

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – It's official –  Paul Manly is the member of Parliament for Nanaimo Ladysmith after being sworn in on Monday. Manly won the May federal byelection by a comfortable margin. He was joined by Green Party leader Elizabeth May, the only other Green Party MP in Canada. With May dropping hints that she might like to retire, is there another step on the ladder for Manly?

TEACHING THEM YOUNG – The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C.Vancouver Island Trout Hatchery gave young kids a first-hand look at a trout releases on Monday. The Grade 2 and 3 students from Cilaire Elementary mixed fun with education at Colliery Dam Park when 250 rainbow trout were released into the lake at the first dam. The hatchery stocks the lake several times a year with up to 3,000 trout and releases about 200,000 more in Vancouver Island lakes, including the Colliery Dam lakes, Westwood, Long, Diver, Green, Brannen, Quennell and Blind lakes in Nanaimo. The fish are sterile and bred solely for sport fishing for local anglers.

MURAL PROJECT - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 256 Mount Benson has great plans to cover their entire building with murals depicting military history. They have a major fund raiser this Sunday. The murals will tell the story of contributions of Canadian service men and women from the Second World War through Afghanistan in beautifully painted and life-like renditions by artists Lauren Semple and Alyssa Glassford.  A free open house in the afternoon and gala dinner and dance will be held Sunday evening at the Legion. The open house will showcase cadets, military displays, Armed Forces personnel and the RCMP ERT armoured vehicle. It goes from 2 -5 pm and free for kids. Tickets for the dinner and dance are $50, but must be bought in advance.  The canteen opens at 5:30 with a barbecued salmon or steak dinner served starting at 6 p.m.If you need more details, contact the Legion Office at 250-754-8128.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Yogi Bear may be looking for the next picnic basket, but that has north Jingle Pot area residents on edge. The area has seen a big increase in bear sightings in the past two weeks. The BC Conservation Service says 14 sightings were recorded in the Jingle Pot/Westwood Lake area over the past two weeks. Scott Mac, who lives on Monterey Drive, said a neighbourhood Facebook page proved to be a handy tool to keep everybody aware. “We’ve got lots of young kids in the neighbourhood. Human/wildlife interactions which could impact public safety should be reported to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.  The FULL STORY

GIRLS’ WEEKEND – About 1,300 Girl Guides from across the province were in Nanaimo on the weekend in the Girl Guides of Canada annual Rally on the Shores. They were at Beban Park on Sunday, where they made and swapped crafts, traded pins and crests and sang songs. Rally on the Shores has been held in the Fraser Valley for the past five years. This is the first year it has taken place on Vancouver Island. Representatives from B.C. SCPA, the Nanaimo RCMP and Nanaimo SAR talked to the girls about career opportunities and participated in trading. Nanaimo RCMP Insp. Lisa Fletcher said a number of officers were Girl Guides when they were younger. “Because it is about service, the outdoors, activities, volunteering and the leadership pieces within guiding, it fits nicely within the policing realm.” Since Girl Guides of Canada was founded in 1910, more than seven million girls and women have been involved with the organization. The FULL STORY

VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY Biology graduate Kimberley Barrett isn’t going to medical school like she originally planned when she started her degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Partway into her journey she discovered helping animals and the environment is what she is most passionate about. “I grew up wanting to go to medical school after seeing what doctors were able to do for my sister who suffered from a congenital heart defect,” says Barrett, who is graduating this June with Bachelor of Science in Biology. FULL STORY  



Saturday, May 25, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – There’s an open house today (May 25) at Westwood Farm which is partnering with Nanaimo Foodshare to turn two acres of the farm into a vegetable garden. Nanaimo Foodshare executive director Jen Cody said the idea is to introduce more locally grown produce into the area. The goal is simple, said Dr. John Cline, owner of the property. It’s all about helping people to learn the love of food and nutrition.

CONGRATULATIONS Liz McCaw for being awarded a Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence certificate of achievement for her outdoor kindergarten program. Liz said the style is really an infant/toddler/preschool/elementary school program, where children are viewed as capable, curious and competent. “There’s a lot of art of course, because it’s Italy. There’s a lot of loose parts, a lot of nature, a lot of music. Each school has a specialist teacher who takes small groups and works with. The things that really stand out about the program is the way their day flows, the respect and autonomy the children are given, the project work that really is connected to the community and to family.”

CITY OF CHAMPIONS - Nanaimo athletes made an indelible mark at Vancouver Island Secondary School Track and Field championships last week in Victoria. Our kids were best in running, jumping and throwing events. Two of them are Island champions in the senior division – Ethan Katzberg of Barsby won the hammer throw, outdistancing the runner-up by more than 20 metres. Julina Benjamin of NDSS was first in pole vault. Other Island champions in individual events include: Cam Laturnus, Nate Paris, Stirling Henry, Emma Kirk, Kate Cameron, Kyra Gillette and Kenzie Cameron of NDSS; Jada Kamerman of Nanaimo Christian School; Olivia Lundman of Dover Bay; Madison Paugh and Benedek Horvath of Wellington; Patrick Canning and Gage Zanette of Barsby; and Krescyn Moonsamy of Aspengrove. See the list of ALL THE WINNERS.

Your tax bill is in the mail

Friday, May 24, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Check your mailbox and email for good news, or bad, depending on your circumstances – 2019 property tax notices are out. Getting the most good news are homeowners who turned 65 this year – they qualify for both levels of homeowner grants. There’s a newsletter included in the tax package which explains how taxes are calculated, ways to pay and claim the homeowner grant. You must make application for the homeowner grants, either on the tax form or you can do it via the city website www.nanaimo.ca/goto/hog. The deadline to pay your taxes is July 2, and the remittance must be in the city’s hands by that day. Postmarks and not accepted as proof of payment date.

THIS YEAR'S NANAIMO BANNER design contest winner is Amy Pye of Pye Design (www.pyedesign.ca) The banners have been installed on lamp posts on major streets throughout Nanaimo. 18 artists submitted entries. This year's banner design reflects Nanaimo and what makes it unique. Pye said one of Nanaimo’s strongest assets is the ability to cohabit with the world around us. Being a harbour city, the ocean and nature are a huge part of what defines us. She has won several awards, for both design and business. Through her company, Amy has impacted the community with coat drives, school supplies drives, sponsoring local sport teams, and a t-shirt campaign to raise awareness about violence against women.

THE SOUTH END COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION is gearing up for its 27th annual Miners' Heritage Picnic at Deverill Park,June 22. They'll have food, live music, pony rides, pet parade, memorial tea, climbing wall, petting farm, face-painting and more! www.nanaimosouthend.ca

TWO VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY alumni who have leveraged their education for the benefit of society in language preservation and the cognitive science of music will receive Distinguished Alumni Awards this June. Luu Gaahlandaay (Kevin Borserio), a Malaspina College transfer student, will receive a Professional Achievement Award during the afternoon convocation ceremony on June 3. Alexis Deighton MacIntyre, a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies alum, will receive an Early Achievement award during the June 5 ceremony.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

LYDIA BLACKWELL continues her long road to recovery in a Victoria hospital after suffering serious injuries in a single-vehicle crash near Lantzville on March 30. Witnesses told police a tire may have blown out, causing her to lose control of her vehicle and flip on Highway 19. Now her community is coming together to try to give her and her mother a helping hand. Her mother Sandra Van Kessel has put her acupuncture business in Bowser on hold to be in Victoria, renting a temporary suite, as well as still paying bills at home. The Oceanside community is raising funds and organizing a dance benefit and silent auction at the Lighthouse Community Centre in Qualicum Bay on Saturday, June 1. There is also a GoFundMe page set up, you can find details here

CARING WITH KINDNESS is a new business with a new marketing approach. Owner Shaunna Morgan is utilizing social media, like Nanaimonet.com and video testimonials on YouTube. Here’s a sample of what she’s doing. https://youtu.be/MTxol9PEyhw

VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY will recognize Particia Erb’s social activism in her pursuit of giving a voice to the silenced during its convocation ceremony on June 4. She will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws. As one of the only survivors of the infamous Campo de Mayo, the site of the genocide and kidnapping of more than 30,000 people during the de facto military dictatorship in Argentina in the late 1970s and early ΚΎ80s, she has committed her life to giving a voice to the disappeared. For the last 40 years she has dedicated her voice to the thousands who never reappeared. 

THE VANCOUVER ISLAND Economic Association is already taking early bird registrations 2019 Economic Summit, in October 23/24 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. The Vancouver Island Foreign Trade Zone designation is increasing global awareness of export products and as a destination for foreign direct investment. Export Development Canada has recently opened an office in Victoria. The summit will give an insight into the development of business on our Island. Export Development Canada helps thousands of Canadian companies conduct trade and investment in nearly 200 countries. From finding new customers to securing financing, EDC helps businesses of all sizes and sectors go, grow and succeed in global markets. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Local writers had a prominent impact at the Islands Short Fiction Contest last month. Charlotte Taylor won the youth category for her story “Calm Before the Storm”. Yinan Cao was runner-up with Kaitlyn Ha and Linnea Wiggers with honourable mentions in the category. The junior category was filled with Nanaimo-area writers. Thunya Dudley of Nanoose took first-place  while Cadence Millsap, Julia Ratzlaff and Tarika Stitt each received an honourable mention. elani Valin and Robert Bowerman earned honourable mentions in the adult category.

DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO would apply after Federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May rode in a 1994 Dodge Viper during the Victoria Day Parade Monday. Columnist Norman Spector posted a picture of May in the car, saying the ride didn’t appear to be an electric vehicle. May responded that the car belonged to a volunteer. The Green Party’s climate plan, called “Mission: Possible” calls for all new cars to be electric by 2030 and replacing all internal combustion engine vehicles with electric vehicles by 2040. 

SINCE WE'RE PEEKING IN ON VICTORIA TODAY - Their city councillor Ben Isitt's silly move to ban horse carriages could end up in the courtroom. Issitt said conditions environmentally are getting more congested on roads it is time to look at a regulatory change. The tour industry is having none of that nonsence and say they will take the issue as far as they need to, to protect their businesses, staff and horses. Donna Friedlander, Owner of Tally Ho Horse Carriage Tours, says it costs about $20,000 a year to maintain each horse, so the revenue they generate is a must. “I can’t control where they go in the future and the sad reality is that a lot of draft horses these days that don’t have a job end up at slaughterhouses.”


Monday, May 20, 2019

Jack Doan

GOODBYE JACK – We say goodbye to an old friend. Jack Doan died at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital palliative care unit last Thursday. A Memorial will be held June 2 at 3 p.m. at Nanaimo Golf Club. Jack had a long career in education, serving as the dean of Vocational studies at Malaspina College before being elected to the board of School District 68. He also served on the Nanaimo Port Authority and was active in provincial politics.

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - White Sails Brewery continues to win awards. They took two silver medals at the17th annual Canadian Brewing Awards and Conference earlier this month. They got medals for their Bastion Blonde Ale in the North American Style Blonde or Golden Ale category. It was another silver in theAmerican-Style Black Alewith their Snake Island CDA. Craft brewing has become big business in Canada. The Canadian Crafter Brewers Association has been formed to represent more than 700 craft breweries from every province and territory in Canada. 

WAY TO GO - Mike Deciantis and Davina Neave came to the rescue when a local single mother had to rely on loaned or rented cars after her car was destroyed during a late April windstorm. Ami Pistone, the mother of a child with special needs, is now back on the road. On Friday she drove off the lot of Supertech Diesel with a refurbished car, donated by  Deciantis and Neave. 

HELP EMILY GET TO FIJI - Emily Hoppe is an education student at Vancouver Island University. She recently won a scholarship to volunteer abroad, and is following her passion with sports and teaching, and going to Fiji for two 2 weeks. She will focus on Fijian culture, their teaching system, introduce sports and games, and gain more independent skills that I can take back home and share with others.  She wants to raise $400 to buy materials and supplies that will benefit Fijian families, teachers, and children. She has launched a GoFundMe page to help raise the money she needs. MORE

Empire or heritage – it's on this weekend

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - Call  it what you like, Victoria Day, Empire Day or Heritage Days, this is heritage weekend with a whole bunch of activities on Sunday at Maffeo Sutton Park. You can stuff yourself with gourmet food, live music and entertainment, face painting, bouncy castles and other activities for the kids. There will also be a parade through downtown at 1 p.m. it will begin on Victoria Crescent, along Commercial Street and Front Street, ending at Comox Road. Nanaimo Heritage Days is the politically correct sanitization of the long-standing Nanaimo Empire Days which ran for a century and a half. MORE DETAILS.

THERE'S AN OLD SONG entitled Brighten The Corner Where You Are. That's completely applicable to Public Art Week, giving the Downtown and Maffeo Sutton Park a new look. Ten new pieces of temporary art are installed throughout Nanaimo parks, replacing last year's pieces. For the 11th year artists have had a chance to reinvigorate parks and create interesting designs for residents and tourists alike.

REGIONAL DISTRICT directors are looking at live steaming board meetings on the intenet on a trial basis. The board will decide whether to telecast committee of the whole and regular board meetings. A staff report lists the cost at $24,900. The RDN provides meeting agendas and minutes via the eSCRIBE service and would webcast its meetings through that medium. RDN board chairman Ian Thorpe, said it would be basic service. “My understanding is it will be just a view of the complete board circle, if you want to call it that,” he said. Reconsideration of the trial is scheduled for December. 

Giving new life to old vinyl records – and its free

Friday, May 17, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Vinyl records, remember them? Wilf Carter, Hank Snow, Brenda Lee? They’re not just old scratchy relics from a different era any more. Modern technology has come up with vinyl record restoration processes, and London Drugs is selling the machines. If you’ve got a bunch of old 45 rpm or even 78 rpm long plays, you can get a free demo of the new equipment today through Sunday, noon to 3:30 p.m. They’ll restore up to two records per customer. Worth checking out if you treasure the old vinyls.

FISHING FOR FUN – The Vancouver Island Fishing For Fun Society will be at Collery Dam on Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with some fishing rods. The dam was just stocked Thursday with 500 trout! Great event to get out and try your luck. You can loan equipment, but if you are older than 16 you will need a 2019 non-tidal freshwater license before gear will be loaned. 

WHAT'S YOUR HURRY? - The city is conducting a speed limit reduction on Departure Bay Road at Departure Bay Beach between Victoria Day weekend and Thanksgiving weekends. The new limit is 40 kmh. Departure Bay beach is one of the most popular destinations for families, and with visitors, there is a huge increase in biking and walking activity. The City, ICBC, and the RCMP will work together to conduct education and enforcement campaigns to continue to support road safety throughout the trial period.

BEYOND THIS CITY'S STREETS - The city is launching Nanaimo's first youth poetry video anthology "Beyond This City's Streets" Friday, May 31 at 5 pm in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre and saying farewell to inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Kailey DeFehr as she wraps up her term. Kailey has attended many community-based poetry events and initiatives, community based workshops, launched the High School Poetry Contest, co-presented with the City's Poet Laureate and so much more. Last year, Kailey invited local poets ages 15 to 26 to submit original works for a chance to have their poetry featured in "Beyond This City's Streets". Poets were asked: What does it mean to be a youth in Nanaimo?  Poems were received from five youths; Vayda Page, Erika Berg, Trent Warren Jack, Dazza Fell and Liam Salzl-O'Toole, who presented their work on camera with Kailey. 
RSVP is required as seating is limited. RSVP directly to cultureandheritage@nanaimo.ca or by calling 250-755-4483. 

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Start your own forest with city's Green Thumb plan

Thursday, May 167, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO - What a deal! You can dress up your property by adding some plants. The city is teaming up with Green Thumb Garden Centre to provide a real bargoon. You buy a voucher from the city for 25 bucks and then Green Thumb will give you a tree from a selected group, valued up to $90. Starting Wednesday, May 29, you can get the vouchers for $25 at the Service and Resource Building at 411 Dunsmuir Street. Only 220 vouchers are available on a firs-come, first-served basis. There's a limit of two vouchers per property within the city. Proof of residence or photo ID may be required.

THUNDER IN THE VALLEY - If you're a fan of loud mufflers and fast cars you'll be disappointed to learn that Port Alberni's Thunder in the Valley has been cancelled. Roger Haggerty of the Alberni Valley Drag Racing Association said the group tried to make it happen but could not get approval for a venue for the races. The Port Alberni Airport was seen as a possible site, but permission was denied by the regional district.

ROAD APPLES - A Victoria city councillor's scheme to get rid of horse-drawn carriages is not sitting well with the all Victorians. Hundreds of supporters have joined the cause to keep the horses and buggies, a major tourism attraction. Their petition began three years ago and now totals more than 3,500 signatures after a recent uptake in interest. Another group, which wants the horses stabled for good, claims it has 38,500 signatures in a campaign also launched three years ago. The jump in protests comes after Coun. Ben Isitt moved to phase out all horse-drawn carriages by 2023.

Howard is homeless after leaving Nanoose

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – So far it hasn’t been gnome sweet gnome for Howard after the Saanich farm he was to reside on faces $1,500 in application fees to house Howard the Gnome. Galey Farms will have to file an application to make the eight-metre-tall gnome a permanent fixture on their Saanich property. And that figure doesn’t include the cost of refurbishing, then erecting Howard. Avtar Sundher, director of operations for the Agricultural Land Commission, said land use regulations do not allow permanent facilities as part of agri-tourism businesses, unless the ALC approves them. The application process would take about 60 to 90 days. The ALC has not received such application. Howard’s status remains uncertain after he travelled by truck to Saanich from Nanoose Bay, where he stood more than two decades near a gas station.

FIRST IT WAS CANADA POST, now McDonald’s is making the Nanaimo McFlurry that it hopes will be a hit with customers. The chocolate Nanaimo McFlurry was introduced Canada-wide on Wednesday, as part of a limited-time Great Canadian Tastes promotion. The treat is “inspired by the Nanaimo bar, with coconut graham crumbs, chocolate chips and cocoa all swirled into vanilla soft serve and blended with fudge sauce.”

THE CITY IS CELEBRATING Public Art Week, May 19 to 25. Ten new pieces of temporary art were approved for 2019 and will be installed in city parks and public spaces in anticipation of Public Art Week. Over the course of the week, residents are encouraged to explore and celebrate the collection of public art found throughout Nanaimo. On Friday, May 24 at 2:30 pm at Spirit Square in Maffeo Sutton Park you can meet some of the participating artists. Public art increases sense of place for neighbourhoods and the city as a whole. Public art energizes public spaces, promotes thinking and debate, and transforms the places we live, work and play into a more welcoming and beautiful setting.

What's up with Victoria Day celebrations?

May 14

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Remember Empire Days, and how a volunteer community group put in hundreds of hours producing and promoting the annual Victoria Day weekend celebration? It was one of the oldest in the province. There’s not been much of that since the committee was shoved out of the way and replaced by something more politically correct under the label of Pioneers Day. There is talk of a parade this weekend, but details are scant. Keep your eyes and ears open to let us know what’s happening – editor@nanaimonet.comn

IF YOU’RE HEADING to Parkville tomorrow (Wednesday) a lot of the Parksville Community Park and along the waterfront walkway will be filming activity for the fourth season of Chesapeake Shores, from early morning until dusk. Throughout the day crews will be in various locations on the beach and along the waterfront walkway from the gazebo at the foot of McMillan Street to the labyrinth at Arbutus Point.

THE FROG IS BACK – Remember the story last week about a mariachi frog ornament that had been reported stolen was returned to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment in a midnight dropoff over the weekend. The ornament was stolen from a pickup truck parked on Stewart Avenue last month. A Nanaimo RCMP press release noted that a man in a dark-coloured sedan dropped off the item in the Prideaux Street area Saturday. “We are so pleased that Mariachi frog didn’t croak and we were able to reunite him with the other band members,” said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.

Have a great Mother's Day on Sunday

May 10

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – A happy weekend to all mothers. Sunday is your day, enjoy it to the fullest, you deserve it. None of us would be here today if it hadn't been for our mothers.

GOOD NEWS story to start your day. COCO Café in Cedar has a new commercial kitchen, which will alleviate stress on the busy cafe and let them expand the valuable supported employment program they run. Owner Melanie Atwell told NanaimoNewsNOW they’ll offer 16,000 hours of employment this year for their staff with developmental disabilities, up from 10,000. Efforts to support, help and train people who wouldn’t otherwise have the chance has earned the cafe numerous awards in recent years. Way to go!

VIU SUCCESS STORY – After earning her yoga certification in Greece, Jolene Trigg fell and broke her tailbone, resulting in her later Post Trauma Vision Syndrome. Her dreams of teaching yoga were suddenly put on hold. But she found the light at the end of the tunnel as one of first students in Vancouver Island University’s new Co-operative Entrepreneur Training Program (CETP) that helps people with disabilities to achieve their dreams with the knowledge and tools to start their entrepreneurial journey. Jolenesays her disability presented her with an opportunity to create a unique mobile yoga company.“I went from being a capable body to being crippled. I thought I would never be able to do what I was destined to do,” she says. “This program has shown me that I am capable of reaching my dreams,” she added. Read the whole CETP story 

COUN TYLER “Emergency” BROWN'S climate reaction seems to be doing its job - the sky hasn’t fallen yet.

BC LIBERALS are disingenuous in their campaign about fuel taxes. They invented the carbon tax to start with. 

Port donates $40,000 to community groups

May 8, 2019

GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – The Port of Nanaimo doesn't get recognition for its contribution to the community. This year the Port has made $40,000 in communtity service grants. That includes the final $10,000 installment of a five-year $50,000 donation to the Loaves & Fishes Food Community Food Bank. Loaves & Fishes Executive Director Peter Sinclair says the Port funding has helped enable the organization to purchase a much-needed distribution warehouse. Loaves & Fishes serves more than 3,000 people monthly, and has grown from distributing $800,000 worth of food five years ago to $4.1 million in 2018.
Other Community donations were announced for:

  • Vancouver Island University Foundation: $5,000 - 2019 scholarships.
  • Vancouver Island University Foundation: $10,000 - year 2 of 5 ($50,000 in total).
  • Nanaimo Arts Council: $2,000 - Festival of Banners 2019.
  • Nanaimo Child Development Centre: $2,000 - Silly Boat Regatta 2019.
  • Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival Society: $2,000
  • Nanaimo District Museum: $2,500 - Bastion Summer Program 2019.
  • Nanaimo International Jazz Festival Association: $1,000 -
  • Nanaimo International Jazz Festival 2019.
  • Literacy Central Vancouver Island: $500 -
  • Cowichan Wood Boat Society: $2,500 - pier reconstruction.
  • Nanaimo Community Hospice Society: $2,500 - Accessibility Ramp Upgrade.

THERE’S NO END to what the cops will do. Now the RCMP seek public help to get the mariachi frog band back together. Marc Johnston didn't lock his truck before going to bed April 16, when mariachi frog lawn ornaments were taken from his vehicle. Thieves made off with a suitcase of Johnston’s clothing, power tools and personal items, while parked at Anchorage Marina. Read more HERE.

CARING WITH KINDNESS - Shaunna Morgan recognized a need for neighbours to help neighbours so she put her more than 40 years experience in people skills, to establish Caring With Kindness. Many people are challenged by daily chores and errands. They may be simple but they can be overwhelming. That affects families who lead a busy life – persons with a disability, pregnant women, people recovering from an operation, full-time family care givers, seniors, career people or a loved one, not able to look after a family member. Check out Nanaimonet SPOTLIGHT

THEY’RE COMING FOR NORM – Former cop Norm Smith is getting arrested. He’s being collared June 14 for the annual Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock jail and bait at Woodgrove Mall. He needs to raise a whole bunch of money for bail. He’s really gone high tech and can accept cash, cheques, e-transfers and credit cards. Heck, you can even donate to keep him in the hoosegow even longer. If you’re using e-transfer, send it to norm911@outlook.com

MEDICAL BRACELETS make vital information available to first responders about conditions from diabetes to allergies, and now psychiatric issues. A pilot program launched at BC Children’s Hospital aims to help first responders and health-care professionals treat young mental-health patients in an emergency. It helps first responders and health-care professionals treat young mental-health patients in an emergency. Young patients can enrol with MedicAlert Foundation Canada to receive an identification bracelet and a custom care plan. The bracelet can alert police, paramedics or doctors to the child’s medical condition, while the care. Read more HERE  

Good morning Nanaimo – today is voting day

0506 - TODAY IS VOTING DAY, and the message is get out and vote. Your vote could make a difference in who serves us in Parliament, at least for a short while. Dover Bay Secondary School students got a taste of the democratic process last week. The school hosted Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection candidates for a forum, with students casting votes in a mock byelection after. Political studies teacher Alistair King, Dover Bay, there was dynamic discussion and all the major issues were covered, from the scope of the students. MORE

A NANAIMO HOSPITAL unit clerk’s initiative has given the gift of sight to hundreds of people. Judy Cook recognized a shortage of enucleation technicians at the hospital as numerous eye donation offers were being turned away. “It hurt me so badly to know that these gifts were going to waste,” she told NanaimoNewsNOW. “People were not available for the procedure”. Judy applied to the Eye Bank of B.C. where she was accepted I learned how to do the procedure. She's performed more than 200 eye donation procedures since becoming an enucleation technician in 2013 and has helped Nanaimo become the leading eye donation centre of B.C.

Up to eight people can be helped with one pair of eyes. She has retired but is on-call with three other technicians. Many of the donations come from the palliative care, where she said staff are dedicated to promoting eye and organ donation.

TWO YEARS after the Humboldt Broncos bus tragedy, Nanaimo hockey players banded together on Sunday in the Humboldt Strong Memorial Street Hockey Tournament Sunday. This year, funds will go to Canuck Place, a childrens’hospice. The first tournament raised more than $8,000 for the Humboldt Strong Foundation. 

RCMP looking for some good youth

0502 - SUMMER YOUTH CAMP – The RCMP has a number of openings for central Island high school students to apply for the 2019 RCMP Youth Camp. and have extended The deadline to apply is May 7. The camp is for students from Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville/Qualicum and Cowichan interested in a career in policing or emergency services. Students from Grades 10–12 in Districts 68, 69, 70 and 79 are eligible for the camp, taking place fom July 8–12 in Nanaimo. Students who graduate from high school this year will also be considered. The camp, which began a number of years ago with Port Alberni RCMP, is five days of immersion in policing and emergency services. Lodging, meals and uniforms are provided over the five days and students learn team building, drills, fitness, policing scenarios, paint ball fun, self-defense and tactical training.

NANAIMO'S JACQUI KAESE has been named Associate Casting Director for Season 4 of Chesapeake Shores, the Hallmark TV  series produced in the mid-Island. Jacqui has been the extras casting director and local casting director for Hallmark Channel USA for seasons one and two. She has made a real mark in a global industry.  Many success stories have emerged from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland through her Spotlight Academy. Take a look at the alumni from the academy – Sarah Grey (StarGirl - Legends of Tomorrow) Cameron Bright (Twilight) Justin Chatwin (American Gothic) Sean Sipos, (CSI Miami) Beau Mirchoff, ( Desperate Housewives ) Colin Ford, (We bought a Zoo, Under the Dome) Blake Woodruff, (Whisper), Jackson Warris, (Once Upon a Time) Quinn Lord, (Once Upon a Time) Erica Shaye Gair, (Whicker Tree) Jake Kaese, (Butterfly Effect) Stef Lang (Singer Songwriter ) and Jenna Berman, (Haunting Melissa). Check out Jacqui’s story 

ALZHEIMER SOCIETY of B.C. Walk takes place Sunday at 10 a.m. in Bowen Park. If you are living with dementia or know someone who is, you can show your support by registering for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s. It provides an opportunity to remember or honour people who have been touched by dementia, while fundraising to support those living with the disease. This year the Nanaimo Walk honours the late Donna Armstrong, wife of Hap Armstrong and mother of Coun. Sheryl Armstrong. 

The Alzheimer Society offers free workshops in Nanoose Bay as part of its family caregiver series. The workshops, starting May 15, will provide basic information for family caregivers caring for a person with dementia. The workshops are May 15, 22, 29 and June 4 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Anglican Church. Pre-registration required; call 250-734-4170 or e-mail info.nanaimo@alzheimerbc.org

VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY’S institutional partnership with Kisii National Polytechnic (KNP) in Kenya is taking the next step with the roll out of KNP’s new foundations program in building technology. Six KNP instructors are at VIU this month being trained on project-based learning and technical skills to deliver the new program, which includes plumbing, carpentry and masonry – skills needed for the growing demand of trades workers in Kenya. VIU instructors will go to Kenya over the coming year and a half to help their counterparts get the new program up and running. MORE here

Outdoor markets looking for record season

0501 - GOOD MORNING NANAIMO – Nanaimo’s outdoor farm markets will open this month with a few changes. Nanaimo Downtown Farm Market, has switched to Saturdays. It opens May 11 and runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. until Sept. 14 at Pioneer Waterfront featuring local farm produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, artisan crafts and entertainment throughout the summer. For market updates and other information, visit http://nanaimodowntownfarmersmarket.com/. After more than 20 years of summer Sundays on the Crow and Gate Pub grounds, Cedar Farm Market opens at Woodbank Elementary School at the corner of Woobank and Morland Roads.

TRUNK SALE IS BACK - The City is bringing back the popular Car Trunk Sale for its third year, on July 27. If you’re a bargain hunter, this is the place to be with more than ov 100 vendors selling used items from the trunk of their car in the Country Club Centre parking lot. This free-to-attend reuse event aims to give unwanted household items a longer lease on life and to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. If you want to sell stuff at the Trunk Sale you have to register in advance to reserve a spot by emailing sorttossroll@nanaimo.ca. Registration for vendors is on a first- come-first-served basisfor the 150 vendor spaces available.

THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC is being remembered Sunday at 10 a.m. at Mount Benson Royal Canadian Legcion branch 256. Following the service there will be a march past, a short wreath-laying ceremony and a reception. It is open to the public and Navy, Air Force, Army and Merchant Navy veterans.

HONORARY DEGREE - A man who has impacted the way thousands of chefs and individuals around the world to buy and consume seafood will be honoured by VIU. Ned Bell is an award-winning chef advocate, keynote speaker, educator and founder of Chefs for Oceans, an organization that raises awareness and advocates for responsible seafood choices.He launched this organization with an 8,700 km bike ride across Canada in 2014, staging dozens of awareness building events along the way. Bell’s commitment to seafood stewardship has continued to grow ever since. He will be recognized for the exceptional leadership he has demonstrated in the sustainable seafood area with an Honorary Doctor of Technology at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) June 21 Convocation Ceremony. MORE